Chennai Super Kings beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 18 runs in the thrilling T20 match of the Indian Premier League here on Wednesday with the killer spell of Deepak Chahar (four for 29) after half centuries of Faf Duplessis and Rituraj Gaikwad’s half-century innings. Of
Full of confidence from the victory in the last two matches, Chennai Super Kings put up a huge score of 220 for three with Duplessis’ unbeaten 95 and Gaikwad’s 64.
Kolkata Knight Riders Pat Cummins unbeaten 66 runs (34 balls, four fours, six sixes), Andre Russell’s 54 runs (22 balls, three fours, and six sixes), and Dinesh Karthik (40 runs, 24 balls, four fours, two) Despite restrained innings of six) could not recover from a bad start and was reduced to 202 runs in 19.1 overs. He suffered his third consecutive defeat in this exciting match. But his players did not let him down despite such a bad start and they kept trying hard till the end.
Apart from Chahar’s four wickets, Lungi Engidi took three wickets for 28 runs. Shardul Thakur’s bowling was very bad who scored 48 runs in 3.1 overs in which five balls were wide. Sam Karan, who took the lone wicket as Russell, was also quite expensive, scoring 58 runs in four overs.
After being invited to bat, South African cricketer Duplessis started the innings and persevered till the end. This opener played 60 balls which included nine fours and four sixes. He and Ruturaj Gaikwad shared 115 runs for the first wicket which made it a great start to the season for the team which scored 54 runs without losing a wicket in the powerplay. The team also added 76 runs in the last five overs.
Gaikwad, who has scored just 20 runs in the last three matches, finally returned to form, facing 64 balls before being dismissed in the 13th over for 64 runs with six fours and four sixes.
Chahar gave four consecutive blows to the team of Kolkata Knight Riders who came down to chase this goal from which the team was not expected to recover. By the time of the powerplay, five batsmen of the team had reached the crease.
Chahar dismissed the team’s young opener, Shubhaman Gill, in the first over who could not even open an account. After this, the second opener Nitish Rana (09) became his second victim after playing 12 balls.
Chahar’s bowling was not good in the first match of the team after which a fan on social media advised the Chennai Super Kings to take him out of the final XI. Injured Chahar made a brilliant comeback against Punjab Kings and took four wickets for 13 runs.
Chahar smashed the wickets of skipper Eoin Morgan (07) and Sunil Narine (04) in his third over, shattering the hopes of Kolkata Knight Riders. He had taken four wickets for 16 runs in three overs.
The fifth wicket in the powerplay over fell to Rahul Tripathi who was caught out by Engidi at the hands of wicketkeeper skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
Russell and Karthik handled the innings playing with restraint. Russell started the challenge for Kolkata Knight Riders who scored a total of 24 runs with three sixes and a four in the first over of Shardul Thakur and the 10th over of the innings in which two balls were wide. At this time, the score of Kolkata Knight Riders was 97 runs for five wickets which were good considering the bad start.
Russell completed his half-century in the 11th over with three fours and six sixes in 21 balls.
The team’s eyes were fixed on his smashing innings, but it could not happen. Sam Karan bowled Russell in the next over to give Chennai Super Kings great success. Thus ended the 81-run partnership in 39 balls for the sixth wicket. Karthik, however, hit a six and a four off the last balls of the same over in an attempt to maintain the run rate.
But Ngidi did not allow Karthik’s innings to go ahead and dismissed him. As soon as he returned to his pavilion, Cummins became aggressive, adding 30 runs with four sixes and a four in the 16th over, washing the balls of Sam Karan. Cummins remained frozen at the crease till the end, but the team was reduced to five balls before the wicket fell at the other end.
Earlier, Gaikwad was aggressive in the first wicket partnership for Chennai Super Kings. After his dismissal, Duplessis picked up the pace, adding 50 runs off just 26 balls, along with all-rounder Moin Ali, who has done well in previous matches for the Chennai Super Kings. Ali scored 25 runs in 12 balls with two fours and the same number of sixes.
Chennai Super Kings collected a lot of runs in the end in which the role of Duplessis was important. He hit three fours in a row off Andre Russell’s balls and reached 90 with a six off Pat Cummins.
Ravindra Jadeja hit a six on Cummins on the last ball.
Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni came down to bat in the fourth position, he contributed 17 runs in eight balls with two fours and a six. Dhoni had not yet been able to put a boundary against Sunil Narayan, but he broke this myth and hit a four on him.